I. verb (rambled; rambling) Etymology: Middle English, probably alteration of romblen, frequentative of romen to roam Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. a. to move aimlessly from place to place b. to explore idly 2. to talk or write in a desultory or long-winded wandering fashion 3. to grow or extend irregularly transitive verb to wander over ; roam Synonyms: see wanderramblingly adverb II. noun Date: 1654 1. a leisurely excursion for pleasure; especially an aimless walk 2. a rambling story or discussion

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  • Ramble — Ram ble (r[a^]m b l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rambled} (r[a^]m b ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rambling} (r[a^]m bl[i^]ng).] [For rammle, fr. Prov. E. rame to roam. Cf. {Roam}.] 1. To walk, ride, or sail, from place to place, without any determinate object… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ramble — Ram ble, n. 1. A going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an excursion or stroll merely for recreation. [1913 Webster] Coming home, after a short Christmas ramble. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. [Cf. {Rammel}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ramble — [n] aimless walk constitutional, excursion, hike, perambulation, peregrination, roaming, roving, saunter, stroll, tour, traipse, trip, turn; concepts 151,224 ramble [v1] wander about; travel aimlessly amble, bat around*, be all over the map*,… …   New thesaurus

  • ramble — (v.) mid 15c., perhaps frequentative of romen to walk, go (see ROAM (Cf. roam)), perhaps via romblen (late 14c.) to ramble. The vowel change perhaps by influence of M.Du. rammelen, a derivative of rammen copulate, used of the night wanderings of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ramble — ► VERB 1) walk for pleasure in the countryside. 2) (of a plant) grow over walls, fences, etc. 3) (often ramble on) talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way. ► NOUN ▪ a walk taken for pleasure in the countryside. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • ramble — index detour, digress, perambulate, prowl Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ramble — vb *wander, stray, roam, rove, range, prowl, gad, gallivant, traipse, meander …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ramble — [ram′bəl] vi. rambled, rambling [var. of ME romblen, freq. of romen, to ROAM] 1. to roam about; esp., to walk or stroll about idly, without any special goal 2. to talk or write aimlessly, without connection of ideas 3. to grow or spread in all… …   English World dictionary

  • ramble — ram|ble1 [ˈræmbəl] v [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Perhaps from roam] 1.) to talk for a long time in a way that does not seem clearly organized, so that other people find it difficult to understand you ▪ She s getting old and she tends to ramble a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ramble — [[t]ræ̱mb(ə)l[/t]] rambles, rambling, rambled 1) N COUNT A ramble is a long walk in the countryside. ...an hour s ramble through the woods. Syn: walk 2) VERB If you ramble, you go on a long walk in the countryside. [V adv/prep] ...freedom to… …   English dictionary

  • ramble — I UK [ˈræmb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms ramble : present tense I/you/we/they ramble he/she/it rambles present participle rambling past tense rambled past participle rambled 1) to talk for a long time in a confused way, especially… …   English dictionary

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